India recently achieved a new milestone in its Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program, advancing toward equipping itself with a multi-layered defense system against ballistic missile attacks.

The Indian Navy, alongside its Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), successfully conducted a maiden flight trial of a sea-based endo-atmospheric interceptor missile off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal on April 21, it announced via a press release.

With this, India is now among the “elite club of nations” equipped with a naval ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability alongside the United States, China, Russia, and Israel.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the team for the successful demonstration. At the same time, DRDO chairman Dr. Samir V Kamat lauded everyone involved in the design and development of the sea-based BMD, saying that “the nation has achieved self-reliance in developing highly-complex network-centric anti-ballistic missile systems.”

Since the late 1990s, India has been working on acquiring a BMD system to protect the nation and its citizens against incoming ballistic missile threats, especially considering the volatile security situation in the region.